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Seoul, South Korea
After Japan, Korea is the most high-tech country on Earth, meaning its capital is one of the tech-savviest cities in the world. Everywhere you look, you’ll see the latest gadgets—especially apparent when you behold entire subway cars filled with...
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Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Notebooks and markers and pencils, oh my! Art Box offers a kaleidoscopic array of school supply fun, a favorite among Korean students of all ages. Found in various locations around Seoul, this colorful stationery shop sells everything from...
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Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
An artery of calm running through central Seoul is the Cheonggyecheon stream. This soothing green space proffers a respite from the bustle, with tranquil waterfalls, bridges, and landscaped rock formations adorning the 5.2 miles of wooden walkways...
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Seoul, South Korea
Bibimbap is by far one of Korea’s most popular dishes, and it’s found in almost every traditional restaurant in Seoul. Once you’ve sampled it, you’ll understand why. Imagine a large bowl is placed before you, filled with a heaping portion of...
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Seoul, South Korea
The traditional curves of the sloping roofs and intricate patterns adorning doors and gates are the benchmarks of Bukchon Hanok Village in central Seoul. Set on a gently rising slope with views of the modern metropolis in the distance, the...
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Koreans love hiking, so it’s very convenient for Seoul dwellers that Bukhansan National Park is located a quick jaunt to the north of the city. Jutting granite peaks topped with assorted temples and pavilions make for a great day trip. Just be...
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Seoul, South Korea
The sidewalks of Seoul are one big fashion show. Both men and women dress to the nines, and boutiques purveying designs by local designers abound. In-the-know locals with a passion for fashion frequent Galleria Design Street. Located on the second...
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Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Has a giant spaceship landed amidst the high-rises of Seoul? No, it’s only the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The futuristic façade encloses multiple museums and exhibition halls, and a design market featuring a myriad of work created by local...
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Seoul, South Korea
If your visit to Seoul consists of only one day, there is nothing that will get you into the spirit of Korea faster than a meal at a “galbi” restaurant, aka Korean barbecue. Each table is equipped with its own charcoal or gas grill, where...
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Dang-dong, Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Ever been to Central Park in New York? Well, Seoul Grand Park is a bit like that, but instead of buying a hot dog, you’ll nosh on dried squid or fish cakes. Stroll through the botanical gardens, ogle gorillas at the world’s 10th-largest zoo, and...
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Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s underground railway system is full of fun surprises. When you turn down one of the labyrinthine corridors or hop off a train, you never know just who or what you’ll find. One rainy day at the Anguk subway station, I stumbled upon this...
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40 Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
In Korea, nothing spells relaxation like a jimjilbang, or Korean bathhouse. For over a thousand years, Koreans have used public bathhouses not only as a means to get clean, but as a social gathering place to chill out with family and friends....
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This glitzy district, considered an Asian Beverly Hills, has its very own Rodeo Drive. Apgujeongdong is an area within the Gangnam district that emits more luxury and ostentation than Oscar Day on the red carpet. Affluent Seoulites flock to...
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110 Sejong-daero, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul’s City Hall is a swooping mass of glass and steel tucked snugly into the heart of the city at Seoul Plaza. This modern architectural marvel stands out starkly behind the small stone building of the Seoul Metropolitan Library—the building...
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Seoul, South Korea
It may not spring to mind like Russia or Ireland, but when you think of countries that like their liquor, Korea is up there drinking with the best of them. Soju, aka Korean rice whisky, is often cheaper than water, and the emerald green bottles...
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Gwangju, South Korea
During World War II, it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women, most of them Korean, were used as sex slaves to the Japanese army. This sad legacy is still a controversial topic, but it doesn't change the fact that the victims remain. About 45...
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2층, 1 Itaewon-ro 15-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Finding Mexican Food in Korea is a chore, and if you do, never mind it being anywhere even close to authentic. Enter Vatos Urban Tacos. Run by two guys hailing from California and Texas respectively, Vatos has made the quest for south of the...
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Seoul, South Korea
Korea is a carnivore’s dream, and there is no shortage of Korean barbecue restaurants in the nation’s capital. Standing out from the pack is the popular chain restaurant Su-reh Galbi. Walk into any of the the spacious locations, and you’re...
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Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
One would think that all toilets are created equal, but that is certainly not the case in Korea, where many loos are equipped with fancy gadgets to ensure you a comfortable visit to the restroom. Most common of these is the etiquette bell. This...
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Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Korean alphabet, known as hangeul, is the only alphabet in the world where the letters were created to resemble the shape the mouth makes as you voice them. Created by King Sejong in the mid 15th century as a way to educate the illiterate, the...
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Seoul, South Korea
A massive fall hit occurring each October is the Seoul International Fireworks Festival. This explosive evening boasts a carnival atmosphere, with concerts and games to distract visitors between fireworks sets. Teams of pyrotechnicians from Italy,...
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99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I spent the better part of a summer afternoon on the grounds of Changdeok-gung Palace, wandering the old courtyards and lush gardens of one of the most visited sites in Seoul. Originally built in 1405 as a secondary palace, this complex served as...
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Earlier in the evening, this spot in Gwanghwamun Plaza was full of families, children playing in the fountains beneath the statue of 16th-c. Admiral Yi Sun-shin. After dinner, with the kids gone, I got a moment of calm. For decades, this statue...
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Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Throne Hall of Gyeongbok-gung Palace in Seoul has a lofty name based on Confucian principles: "Geun-jeong-jeon," meaning "diligence helps governance"—words for politicians to live by, eh? Originally built in the 1390s when a new dynasty...